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Comprehensive 2012 Texas State Fair Fried Food Guide

by Steven Doyle

We are knee deep in the 2012 edition of the Texas State Fair and many are still looking to make the trek and sample some of the finest in fried cuisine. We have a handy guide to help you avoid some of the pitfalls and enjoy your Fair Day with minimal damage to your ticket count and indigestion.

The following is a list that is tried and true. Many of the items you can find each year at the Fair, and some are new editions. We also list items to avoid. Stand back and cinch the waistband, this is going to be bumpy ride.   Continue reading

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Quaker Steak and Lube Opens Today

by Steven Doyle

Last night we were invited to check out the latest edition of Quaker Steak and Lube, the casual dining chain hailing from Pennsylvania that is best known for their mountains of chicken wings and sauce choices. There were sampled most of what the restaurant had to offer and had a chance to visit with the CEO, John H. Longstreet.

The chicken wings recently became famous when Travel Channel’s Man vs Food host Adam Richman tackled the Triple Atomic challenge by devouring wings sauced with a searing 500,000 Scoville rated madness. That ventures well past the Scotch Bonnet and Habanero territory, and can be quite maddening on the palate.         Continue reading

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Fried Jambalaya and Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll Take Top Fair Fried Honors

by Steven Doyle

It’s that time of year again when the State Fair food vendors roll out their deep fryers from storage in an attempt to win the top prize for the wackiest fried food imaginable. Last week we listed the finalists which consisted of eight out of over forty new items being introduced this year. Winning the competition is said to be worth an extra $200,000 in sales to the winner, so the stakes are high and the competition is fierce.

Abel Gonzalez was back and won the top award with his fried jambalaya ball. Abel’s offering had a crispy outer shell filled with a spicy rice, sausage and shrimp mélange with a side of his own kicked up ranch dressing. This is the very same gent who concocted fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches,  fried coca cola, fried cookie dough and more recently a win for his fried butter.         Continue reading

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Texas State Fair Announces Finalists In Fried Food Competition

by Steven Doyle     photos by Robert Bostick

Just when you thought you had your arteries cleared from last year’s Texas State Fair, along with all the fried bubblegum you devoured, Big Tex is back and is setting up the competition once again at the media only event this coming Monday morning.

Abel Gonzalez has readied his latest fried concoction, and this year the multi-year winner is hedging on his fried Jambalaya. Read about all the entries for the 2012 State Fair below, and watch Monday morning for photos and a full report on this year’s winners. The following descriptions are from the contestants themselves.        Continue reading

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Pookie Talks About Great Philly’s And The Power Of A Donut

by Steven Doyle

The wacky donut shop concept is filtering through this country, much like the FroYo movement and the cute cupcake which took our nation to the task of sugary mastication. The latest to hit that scene in the DFW area is Pookies Donuts which is located on Lemmon within ear shot of Love Field.

Owned by mega-cute couple Rinney Keo (aka Pookie) and Joaquin Lewis (aka Joaquin), the pair left their corporate grind to map out their mutual dream in the hospitality business. Pookie is a business information major and Joaquin formerly made his living as a telecom enginee; both  enjoy dining of all sorts.      Continue reading

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Hypnotic Donuts Does Biscuits Too

by Steven Doyle

Donuts might not be the most politically correct food that you might choose, but when did that ever stop us. Seriously, donuts filled with imagination as well as plenty of bacon, Cap’n Crunch or jalapenos cannot be wrong and Hypnotic Donuts hit’s the spot.

When you meet donut mogul and owner James St. Peter you can’t help but sport a smile. This man is seriously the Willy Wonka of fried dough and seems to meet each day with verve which is spoon-fed by his artistry. This leaves his customers in total fascination. St. Peter’s product is total comfort food at its finest.     Continue reading

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The Beignet Does Dallas

by Jerry Stewart

Laissez les bons temps rouler! The beignet is a humble work horse of a pastry made from pate à choux dough, made up of butter, flour, water and eggs and is also used to pipe éclairs and cream puffs. Except it’s fried. After the pastry has been fried it is covered in an inordinate amount of confectioner’s sugar to bring a smile to the diners face and cover them in the sweet white powder.

We appropriately think to New Orleans for a proper beignet, and most will associate the doughnut with Café Du Monde, who certainly goes through plenty of the pastries along with their chicory coffee. The beignet is the state donut of Louisiana.  Continue reading

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